Movies

The Deadfall Trap (or How to Survive the Squirrel)

The Deadfall Trap (or How to Survive the Squirrel)

You can look at this video two ways: the first, is that you’re stuck in the woods, by yourself, sole survivor of a twin engine plane crash. The second, which is far more likely, is that you’re terrified of squirrels, and have decided to do something about it. Either way, Steven Brahms’ latest video creation(…)

Meryl Streep Bugging Out in Wonderland

Meryl Streep Bugging Out in Wonderland

Thank you, Open Culture for bringing this to my attention. Thank G-d that Joseph Papp’s musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, starring Meryl Streep (and her cheekbones), became a made for TV movie in 1982 called Alice at the Palace. Without that, we would never have this magical footage of La Meryl tripping on shrooms(…)

Girl Crush: Carolyn Farina

Girl Crush: Carolyn Farina

Whit Stillman and I must have the same taste in leading ladies. Greta Gerwig, the star of his latest film Damsels in Distress, was a past G.C. of mine and now, Carolyn Farina from his first film is my newest G.C.! In Metropolitan, Farina plays Audrey Rouget – a sweet (but not feeble) heroine who(…)

Netflix Fix: Five Great Documentaries to Watch Instantly

Netflix Fix: Five Great Documentaries to Watch Instantly

Now that it’s getting chillier and darker out, it’s time to dust off the old Netflix subscription! I hadn’t used mine in months and when I revisited it last weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of great new instant titles…particularly documentaries. Here are five that I definitely recommend! 1. Jiro Dreams of(…)

Girl Crush: Greta Gerwig

Girl Crush: Greta Gerwig

I feel like Greta Gerwig is that super-smart, super-talented friend that you love, and then one day realize – wow, my friend is a babe! This was my train of thought during To Rome, with Love which I saw (and enjoyed) over the summer. Gerwig’s character in that movie is a slightly mousey, slightly pitiable(…)

“We Eats It Whole”: New Hobbit Trailer!

“We Eats It Whole”: New Hobbit Trailer!

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and once again I feel that quickening in my chest that can only mean I’m having a super intense fangirl moment. The dwarves look awesome, Martin Freeman as Bilbo looks suitably harassed, and Smeagol is killing it comic relief style. This(…)

Power List: What We’re Reading This Summer

Power List: What We’re Reading This Summer

Melissa’s reading: A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh For once I’m not reading YA or Fantasy!  I’m not quite done with the book yet and it’s sort of taken a weirdly dark turn, but A Handful of Dust – about an adorable but flawed married couple – is as usual with Evelyn Waugh, a(…)